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drank Morning Mimosa by Dessert by Deb
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Ugh i had this the other day and while the tea wasn’t super exciting it was a reasonable brew…and smelled fantastic! thanks for the sample variaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome! Still have to try this one myself

Sil

I need to remember to try it as a cold brew

VariaTEA

I think my plan was to make a teapop

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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Golden Pear Sunshine by Dessert by Deb
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drank Cocoa Lavender Latte by Dessert by Deb
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nope. Too much lavender, not enough “cocoa” and mostly just nope. Thanks for the share VariaTEA haha

Kittenna

Yes, so much lavender. Now I kind of want this one…

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m with Sil on this one…

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I have finally filled the TTB as much as I intend to and have divided up the Sil samples for me and Roswell Strange. That means the box is ready to go to Ros. And since that is ready, the other packages I have been filling were all to get closed off too so my brother-in-law could make one big run to the post office.

One of those packages is for one of my best friends who loves lavender earl greys. I intended to pull this sample out to make as a latte and send the rest off to her. However, my latte used the whole sample so this is actually my first empty of April – yay!!

This is fine. The lavender, as per usual, is not my favorite. It’s soapy but not overwhelming like it was in Cocoa Lavender Latte. However, its enough that I don’t really want this again. The bergamot doesn’t do much to improve it for me but that is because I am picky with my earl greys anyways. Basically this had a lot working against it when it comes to my personal tastes. What it had that was appealing was the tea cake aspect and I am not getting much cake. Like I said, it’s fine. It’s not for me though. Now I feel bad not just passing this on since my friend likely would have appreciated it more.

Tiffany :)

I can’t remember if I’ve had this one or not? (slowly but surely working my way through Deb’s collection) Anyway, looking forward to the TTB and my little package. :)

VariaTEA

I am excited for you to get your package too. I will confirm once the post office run is done! I do need to mention I sealed your package and only then realized the little note I wrote for you sitting on my counter :(

Tiffany :)

Can you private message me on IG (it won’t let me message you through here)? Just want to make sure the address is correct [have mail issues] and you can send me a picture of the note if you didn’t throw it away already.

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drank Cookie Butter by Dessert by Deb
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Originally I was going to make a latte of a different tea but I wasn’t sure I would have enough leaf so I randomly grabbed another tea out of the drawer and it was this. I feel like cookie butter has been popular with bakers lately, at least the ones I follow on Instagram.

Anyways, I wanted something caramel-esque and this seemed close enough to what I was going for. As a latte this is very good because it has a sort of thickness in the flavour that you would get from a cookie butter. It’s also sweet but not quite fully caramel. I think it’s got a classic Deb flavour profile with the heavy maple chips and I think it could be flat if I don’t make it as a latte but as a latte it’s good.

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drank Banana French Toast by Dessert by Deb
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odd one out here…banana flavour seemed artificial to me. Will need to try it again when i can pay more attention to it

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This one is just really underwhelming to me.

It’s mostly just coconut. There’s maybe a tiny bit of something approaching a dark berry as well?

But really, to me, it’s a light coconut green tea. There is a bit of creaminess to the coconut, which is nice I suppose. The green base is okay, just one of the usual dry grassy ones.

Meh!

Flavors: Blueberry, Coconut, Creamy, Dry Grass, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

This smells wonderful, just like Deb’s other orange blends. I tried to get each of the ingredients when I steeped this (dark chocolate, orange, rooibos base etc.)

This produces an oily sheen, which is to be expected since this contains chocolate, but it is not an unpleasant mouthfeel.

This mostly tastes like red rooibos tea with a hint of orange. I wish the chocolate note was stronger.

I do not think I will repurchase this.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Orange, Orange Zest

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I’m realizing I only like lavender minimally in my tea blends. I believe Deb nailed this tea blend because if you like lavender and coconut, you will enjoy this. However, it tastes a bit too soapy for me, but that isn’t the tea’s fault; just my preference.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender, Soap

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I ended up getting this because I saw a lot of positive reviews on this tea! And oh boy! Was this ever floral. It smells like a garden! And it also reminds me of my essential oil diffuser blends from sage! :)

I think Deb nailed the flavour of lavender and coconut. It also goes well with the earthy, mild green tea base. The smell is also extremely strong because there is so much lavender in this tea.

I think if you love lavender, then you will love this tea. However, I have learned I feel impartial towards lavender. I neither strongly like nor dislike it, so I feel pretty neutral about this tea blend.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender

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This is one of the blends I was most exited to try from Deb, so don’t ask why it’s taken me this long when I’ve had the pouch since December. The answer is “too many teas”!

I was a bit concerned that there wasn’t a lot of dried orange in my scoop, but there is plenty in the steeped cup so I guess the lemongrass is helping to pull it out.

I really like this one. It’s a soft and mellow orange tea with some nice creaminess. I don’t taste the coconut somehow, which is very unusual for me when it comes to a Deb tea. I guess it’s translating into creaminess, which is the intention. To me, it also does somehow taste light and airy like a mousse, and I can totally imagine eating a fluffy pile of creamsicle mousse while I’m sipping on this. There’s something a little biscuity as well, from the rooibos base, so maybe cookie crumbles sprinkled on top?

For some reason I always assume this is a white base, but then I realize that Deb doesn’t currently work with white tea. I feel like it would be even better on a white base though…

Flavors: Citrus, Cookie, Creamy, Herbaceous, Milk, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

It surprised me that this doesn’t sound familiar. I wonder if I haven’t purchased it?

Cameron B.

Onto the list for next time! ;)

Martin Bednář

That sounds delicious!

Silent Kettle

I cold brewed this for hours in my fridge, and when I drank it, I was shocked, lol. It tasted like an unsweetened orange creamsicle. With the weather warming up, I want to repurchase this

Cameron B.

I can imagine it being good iced or with a little bit of milk!

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This one was a subscription exclusive for February.

I was pretty certain I wouldn’t enjoy this, because I’m not the biggest lavender fan in general, and there’s quite a lot of lavender in it. But I gave it a chance anyway, because you never know!

But alas, this is not for me. It mostly tastes like a slightly creamy lavender tisane with a hint of chocolate. And since I don’t love lavender, I don’t love it.

Into the rehoming box it goes!

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Lavender, Milk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Well that’s a shame. I love the lavender/chocolate flavor pairing! (I even make my own lavender hot chocolate)

Cameron B.

I’ll have to send this one your way next time!

Kittenna

Yes, this is a very lavender tea. Haha.

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This was part of the sub box and while it sounds good in theory, I’m reminded again and again I don’t like lavender in my tea. I made this as a latte, as recommended. My milk didn’t froth properly but it ended up being okay for the latte. I love the smell of this tea but it tastes like soap. No cocoa, just soap. This got tossed into the TTB where hopefully a lavender lover will find and enjoy it.

Cameron B.

I tried this one tonight as well. It’s too much lavender for me. :(

Kittenna

I still find it so weird that my palate changed from lavender = soap to lavender = delicious. Either way, this is definitely only a tea for those who really like lavender.

Silent Kettle

Lavender is definitely a strong flavour!

Mastress Alita

Usually lavender is far too light in teas for me. I’m one of those people that can happily put plain lavender buds in water and steep-and-drink.

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drank Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
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Well, I gave this one a fair shot, but I just don’t get it.

There’s a bit of cream to it for sure, and some coconut. But other than a bland and somewhat tannic black base, that’s about it. Which makes sense, given it’s just black tea with cream flavoring and coconut.

It’s fine, it just doesn’t say cereal milk to me? I feel like it should either have some cinnamon and maple or maybe some fruity notes. Anyway, not for me!

Flavors: Astringent, Coconut, Cream, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2021 Sipdown 15/365!

I like this one a lot, especially how smoky-sweet it is, with some creaminess. It’s possibly the more accurate “Fireside S’mores” tea I’ve ever had. This is a sipdown, but there are 25 more grams in my most recent sub box + order.

Silent Kettle

How are you liking the sub box? :) I really want to get one since I buy so much tea from Deb, lol.

Silent Kettle

And I agree! this is one of my favourite teas ever!

Kittenna

If you like tea-themed accessories and sweets – definitely get the sub box. It’s really fun!

Silent Kettle

Ou! :) I think I will get it then, ha-ha! :)

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This was one of the exclusive teas from my first-ever Dessert by Deb subscription box! To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about the exclusives, I would almost rather have more teas from her latest collection. But that’s neither here nor there!

This one actually does make me think of muffins. There’s a sort of wheaty bran-esque taste to it, like a healthy breakfast muffin. I also get a nice, fairly authentic banana flavor along with a fairly hefty dose of cinnamon. The combination of all these things is like a hybrid between banana bread and a healthy bran muffin. Somehow I’m also slightly reminded of applesauce, even though there are no apples here. So maybe there’s applesauce in the muffins as well!

I quite like it, and I feel like it’s grown on me more and more as I’ve sipped it down. I like the subtlety of it, it’s not screaming at me, but it still tastes like its name. I’ll have to ponder on whether I want to ask Deb if she’ll blend some for me…

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Banana, Cinnamon, Grain, Honey, Sweet, Wheat

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Silent Kettle

This sounds super interesting! But I think it would work a lot better with a black tea base? Sounds yummy! :)

Cameron B.

Honestly the added flavors were pretty subtle here, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to taste them on a black base.

Silent Kettle

I got it! That makes sense! :) I guess this works better with a green tea base then?

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D is for… Dessert by Deb’s Lavender Coconut Macaron!

Ok, a bit of a stretch, but I foolishly left the house without considering the names of the teas I brought with me, so here we are. Anyhow, I’m very very into this tea and its heavy lavender + cream. I think I resteeped it three times. Upping the rating. I really hope that either this makes it into a collection, or that I can convince Deb to blend me a small batch.

Cameron B.

I think the company starting with the letter is fair game! I’ll definitely have to do that for at least one letter…

Kittenna

That’s true! It wasn’t in my original plan but also in fairness, I was light on D teas anyhow.

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Well, this was delicious. Very heavy on the lavender, plus delicious creamy coconut and green tea. I think this would really shine on a better green base, but I’m pretty pleased with it as is.

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drank Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
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C is for…Cereal Milk

This quickly became a favourite in last month’s sipdown tournament (another awesome idea by Mastress Alita! Thank you!) so I couldn’t let a day of “C” teas pass without sneaking this in.

I had the latte while video chatting with a friend and it was so good…as per usual. It just really captures the nostalgia of cereal milk while replicating the delicious soft serve from Momofuku Milk Bar. Is that the inspiration behind the blend? I don’t know but it is what I think of when I drink it. Also, I realize that may be a bit of an obscure reference but I am not sure how else to describe it. I guess it is a mix of when you were a kid and getting excited for the milk at the end of your sugary cereal bowl because you know its going to be creamy and delicious but also sweet and yummy and just the best way to have milk when you are a kid. But take that flavor and making it a soft serve cone so now its even better because its ice cream. All that childhood excitement for ice cream and sugar but made a little sophisticated for an adult palate by one of the world’s top chefs.

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drank Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
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Watching RuPaul crown a winner on Drag Race UK and decided I should crown a winner too. This tea wins the tournament, beating out What the Fluff? by 52 Teas in one final battle. Check out the tasting note for that tea here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416671

There isn’t much new to say about this tea that I’ve had several times recently several different ways. Today I made the tea plain and it’s great once again. I like that it’s not in your face but captures a complicated and nuanced flavour like Cereal Milk. Creamy. Starchy. Sweet. Yum! I might have bought more of this one…

Kittenna

Wow! Beat out What the Fluff?! I’ll have to refresh myself on these two. My memory tells me I love What the Fluff more because of the base tea, but now I’m feeling curious.

VariaTEA

This tea is more about the flavor whereas WTF highlights the black base tea with some nice marshmallow notes. Both are great but I think I was more into something that tasted more like the flavor and less like tea if that makes sense.

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drank Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
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I have a midterm tomorrow so I have been doing some last minute studying. I did take time out to make the teas for my sipdown battle today – this and Tie-Dye Butterfly by DAVIDsTEA. Once again I forgot to cold brew the competitors so I made them iced because Tie-Dye Butterfly is always best cold. I wasn’t sure if this tea would be good cold but went with it anyways since I know I don’t love Tie-Dye Butterfly hot. It took my by surprise that this is really good iced. This tea is just really good in general.

Iced, latte, plain – this tea is consistently good and doesn’t really change at all based on prep method. It works all ways and iced seems alright since cereal milk is usually cold. And this manages to be creamy despite no added milk. Due to that, this tea wins the second of the two semi-final battles. I think it will take the whole tournament but we will see how it matches up tomorrow against the other finalist, 52 Teas’ What the Fluff?

Check out the tasting note for Tie-Dye Butterfly here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416590

Martin Bednář

Good luck! I wish we had something like that here. Although… I would be in the very same situation. Half of semester is gone and I need to prepare for finals and write thesis… and study.

Shanie O Maniac

You’re making me want this tea in the worst way possible! LOL! I’ve never had cereal milk tea before, or really, cereal milk flavored anything! But dang if you aren’t making me want to try this tea.

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drank Cereal Milk by Dessert by Deb
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Today’s battle became a battle of the lattes between this tea and Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA. I was surprised to find Fantasy Island was actually a really bad latte and that set this tea up as the clear winner. Check out the tasting note for Fantasy Island here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416516

This, on the other hand, is surprisingly good as a latte. I was worried the subtle flavour of this might have been drowned out by this prep method but I think it actually boosted the flavour. It’s got such distinctively sweet corn flake goodness but coupled with a super creamy and sweet vanilla/coconut note. It’s really good and I’m a big fan.

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